As we move into the winter months, we can see — and often encounter — constant reminders that infrastructure renovation and construction on Fort Meade are part of our daily lives.
And, that reality will be with us for a while.
“We are absolutely immersed in moving Fort Meade’s garrison responsibilities toward being the nation’s platform for information, intelligence and cyber warfare operations for the 21st century,” said Lt. Col. Jay Birmingham, the Fort Meade deputy garrison commander for transformation.
“A major part of our responsibilities involve ensuring a safe and secure installation for our service members and civil servants.”
Birmingham points to the continuing work at Fort Meade’s main installation access control points at the Rockenbach, Reece and Mapes-Route 175 gates as everyday evidence that significant change is ongoing for people who have a work or home-life connection to the Army’s third most populous installation in the United States.
“We conducted numerous traffic studies regarding traffic flow and increased workforce numbers accessing Fort Meade,” Birmingham said. “Our studies have been in conjunction with the Maryland State Highway Association and other partner agencies as we gain insight into the impact increased traffic will possibly have on getting on and off post.”
Work continues on the Rockenbach ACP, which is due to be completed by September. This should facilitate easier traffic flow at the Reece ACP as work begins at the Mapes-Route 175 ACP in mid-to-late 2017.
The Directorate of Emergency Services, which operates the ACPs, announced that the Demps Visitor Control Center operations will temporarily move to Mapes-Route 175. The move is estimated to occur in the latter part of 2018.
Upon completion of the Reece gate construction, the VCC will permanently return to it original location.
“We will also update the Reece gate ACP during this timeline that runs into 2019,” Birmingham said.
Another part to the integrated actions taking place is the widening of major roadways on Fort Meade, while the SHA is addressing the widening of Route 175 from Route 32 to Route 295 Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Birmingham said.
“There are many moving parts,” he said. “But through our consistent communication and coordination with the appropriate state and federal agencies, we’re aligned in how the work will ultimately serve the needs of our workforce and the nation’s need for Fort Meade to be the centerpiece of cyber operations in the future.”
By Larry Whitley Sr., Fort Meade Public Affairs Office